We are a center of expertise for the entire stage of biomedical materials science and its application involving basic materials science, medical product and method development and clinical evaluation. Our research contributes to the long-lasting well-being of patients. The W.J. Kolff Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science was established on October 8th, 1997. The institute is named after Willem Johan Kolff, who as a resident in Groningen, developed the first functioning artificial kidney in the 1940th and saved lives of millions of patients ever since.